|Genre: Drama, Religion, Political, Biography, Marriage|
Tagline: Rebel. Genius. Liberator.
Plot: Armed with no more than his faith and quick wit, one man confronts the greatest powers on earth. Martin Luther's (Joseph Fiennes) bold actions foster an era of personal and religious freedoms unprecedented in history.
A young law student, Luther abruptly enters a monastery when he believes his life is spared during a violent lightning storm. His ambitious father is infuriated, and Luther turns to a spiritual mentor, Father Johann von Staupitz (Bruno Ganz). Luther proves an eager, apt disciple and is selected to travel to Rome on church business. Luther enters the holy city with the wide-eyed ideals of a young man -- only to have them shattered. Depravity is everywhere.
Here, Luther learns about "indulgences" that allow people to buy salvation for a fee and free themselves or deceased relatives from eternal damnation. Disillusioned by this profiteering he asks, "Is not salvation accessible to all?"
Luther is sent to study at the university in Wittenberg and later becomes a professor of theology. Among his staunch supporters is Prince Frederick the Wise (Peter Ustinov), who admirers Luther's courage of conviction -- even through his vociferous opinions are beginning to cause ripples.
In Rome, the new pope, Leo X, has mandated that funds be raised to build St. Peter's Basilica.
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